In 1998, Stanton Warriors took garage and twisted it beyond all recognition.
Disposing of the skippy, lightweight drums and sugar-sweet vocals they
fashioned a new sound, where speaker-shattering basslines and massive beats
rolled clubs harder than ever before. The purists coined it breakbeat garage,
though the Warriors were always far too street-smart to be tied into any
Skip forward to 2001, the year the Warriors laid down a fresh new sound
with their now-legendary compilation, Stanton Sessions. A statement of
intent to those who sought to pigeonhole and tie down their sound, Dom & Mark
took the breakbeat rulebook and ripped it to shreds. Signed to XL Recordings,
home of The White Stripes, Prodigy and Basement Jaxx, the mix saw off competition
from Fatboy Slim & Deep Dish to win best album at the Dancestar Awards,
and, incredibly, again at the Muzik Magazine Awards, where they beat the
likes of Dave Clarke & Danny Tenaglia.
Stanton Sessions went on to become the biggest selling breakbeat album
of all time, a feat yet to be surpassed.
Overnight, Stanton Warriors became the hottest producers on the planet.
Even today, no-one comes close to matching their string of high-profile
remixes for such luminaries as Gorillaz (the biggest selling breakbeat
bootleg of all time), Busta Rhymes, Fatboy Slim, Chicken Lips, Azzido Da
Jaxx, Mylo, Freeform Five, Apollo 440 and many more.
They are also incomparable when it comes to working with vocalists. In
a genre renowned for instrumentals, Stanton Warriors were flying out to
LA and New York to work with the likes of Big Daddy Kane, Twista and The
Beatnuts, in a bid to take breakbeat to the MTV generation.
When we started out the breakbeat scene was so one-dimensional. Bringing
in house, hip-hop and garage elements was crucial in tearing shit up.,
Stanton Sessions prompted a fierce bidding war, resulting in Dom & Mark
becoming the first breakbeat act ever to sign to a major label. However
the deal went sour when the Stantons were told to compromise their musical
identity so, after much legal wrangling, they upped and left for another
Two years on, this type of deal was still unheard of. The guys swapped
Warner Music for V2, where their long-awaited debut album Lost Files was
finally released to huge critical acclaim.
Alongside a huge track with The Beatnuts, the album features a killer collaboration
with the UKs hottest talent (and soon-to-be Mercury Award-winning) Sway
has enjoyed widespread support from MTV and Pete Tong, as well as daytime
plays on Radio 1 and XFM, a massive and relatively unheard of achievement
for a breakbeat act. These have led to a video in production, and what
they hope will be another top 20 hit to rival their seminal Busta Rhymes
Recently, Dom & Mark were also asked to mix Fabrics milestone 30th
compilation. Featuring a brand-new heap of exclusive material, it finds
Stanton Warriors in what Dom describes as Full-on minimal booty
club mode. Fuck genres. We just want to do our own thing.
Amen to that.